Tony Holland CBE

Tell us a bit about your background

I am a Professor at the University of Cambridge and hold the Health Foundation Chair in learning disabilities in the University’s Department of Psychiatry. In that capacity, I also lead the Cambridge Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Group, which undertakes research intended to inform both the treatment and support of people with disabilities themselves, and also relevant policy and practice. Our ‘Together’ video demonstrates some of the work we’ve been undertaking to investigate the links between Down’s syndrome and dementia.

I’ve worked for many years as a psychiatrist in specialist community services for adults with learning disabilities and in 2015 received a CBE for services to Psychiatry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. I have also served as an advisor to Government Departments and was one of two advisors to a Parliamentary Scrutiny Committee examining what was then the Mental Capacity Bill. I have written extensively on matters relating to learning disabilities.

I became a Trustee of Hft in 2004, and provide specific guidance to the charity on issues relating to mental health and challenging behaviour, as well as on the Mental Capacity Act and related issues.